i think the sguire guitars are a great value , they play nice and look good . this guitar is a great starting point for a beginner without breaking the bank . i am very glad to own this guitar and would buy sguire again . i also own a sguier hot rails strat which i love also . they are guitars i myself can grow into and one day make that purchase of an american fender strat . i would recommend the sguire line of guitars to anyone who like this style of guitar . thanks sam ash for your great service , low prices , and huge inventory .